Sunday, October 12, 2014

september haul 2014

This post is quite delayed thanks to my post-31DC2014 burnout. Oh boy, it's been nice not to be slaving away at nails every day! And it's so great to do a manicure you love and not have to take it off soon after.

I ended up being kiiiiinda bad this month though, buying-wise. Winners killed me. Tooootally. In one night I had my biggest polish haul in a long time.


First up was this Deborah Lippmann set called Starlight. It was one of those things that you don't even have to think about, it just goes into your cart. And actually, my dad bought it for me as a late birthday gift because he said he understood that Lippmanns are "important." He's well trained.
Deborah Lippmann - Twilight Tone
Deborah Lippmann - Blinded by the Light
Deborah Lippmann - Champagne Supernova
Deborah Lippmann - Cosmic Love
Deborah Lippmann - Lost In Space
Deborah Lippmann - Fantastic Voyage


And then there were Color Club sets. At first I only got these two but had to go back for the third one a few days later because basically I'm nuts. So that's 21 more polishes. I won't list all of the names, but the sets are:
Color Club - Poptastic 2014
Color Club - Paris In Love
Color Club - Safari Garden



I got a polish in my Ipsy bag, but I'm not really fond of it:
Pacifica - Red Red Wine

And besides that, I bought two Zoya's on clearance for $2 and one Essence at the drugstore.
Zoya - Sailor 
Zoya - Maria Lusia 
Essence -  Dark Night Starlight

Yikes!! That's 31 bottles for the month. Well, 28 if you don't count the clear CC ones in the sets. (I won't if you won't.)
To curb my badness I also gave away 11 bottles to a friend. Redeemed.

Friday, October 3, 2014

31DC2014: Recap!

It's time to recap all the nails from this year's challenge! I gotta say, I am really proud of most of the work I did this time around! There were a few duds, but there always are. Haha!
Head after the jump for the photos, and click on any design to be taken to that specific post.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

31DC2014: Day 31

Today is the final day for the 31 Day Challenge! OMG, I am always so happy when today rolls around. I get super excited to do a nice manicure and leave it on for an entire week. Actually, I think I'll leave this manicure on for an entire week.
The final theme is one of my favorites - Honor Nails You Love!

Usually by the end of the challenge, my fellow challenge participant and bestie Sarah of Chalkboard Nails will do something so amazing I feel the need to instantly put it on my nails. Cue her dripping chevron manicure. I didn't get to do it instantly, but I did get to do it today!


Tada! UGH I'm so in love with these. Totally patting myself on the back for the effort I put into these to finish the challenge strong. Also do you like my strategically placed ring to cover my worsening booboo?


I switched up the colors from Sarah's original look to make it more me. Basically I can't stop using these colors so therefore can't stop won't stop the sunsational manis.
Here's what I used:
Color Club - Wicker Park (the lightest pink, used as a base and left peeking out for some stripes)
Color Club - Peppermint Fusion (brighter pink)
China Glaze - Too Yacht To Handle (blue)
China Glaze - That's Shore Bright (purple)
OPI - Golden Waves (This color is one of the weird mystery OPI shades that have been popping up at Winners or TJ Maxx, etc, that are legit OPI but not from any OPI collection, thus they are mostly renamed exclusives from other stores or rebottled Nicole shades, yadda yadda. This one is lovely.)
I did a coat of Seche Vite first and then added a coat of Butter London's matte topcoat which I found today of course after using a failure of a matte topcoat yesterday. Sarah adores matte everything and I think I might be a convert now also.


UNF I love these soooooo much. Maybe I'll just never take them off. (If that were possible.)

Thank you so much to those of you who have been following me along this journey once again! And congrats to those of you who've completed it as well.
Stay tuned tomorrow for the round up post where me and blogger will have our annual fight about photo alignment and then call it a day on the challenge for another year.

Now take a walk down memory lane and check out my previous day 31 designs:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

31DC2014: Day 30

Today's theme is Inspired by a Tutorial and I had noooooooo idea what to do, so I had to last-minute spook Instagram for something cute! I spent the whole day doing two assignments for school and then I worked for eight hours unpacking beautiful new Toms and had just enough time left to do my nails. Phew! Assignments done, nails done, post almost done. Here we go!


I chose these nails by Bad Girl Nails on IG to recreate. I saw her tutorial for the chains the other day and I thought they were stamping at first, but they're actually freehand so I wanted to try them out myself too!

The only crappy part about my recreation is that my matte topcoat has ~apparently~ become too good for me and refuses to dry fully matte. UGH. I swear I had like three different ones at one point but I must have given some away.


Excuse my fresh Toms shoebox wound there on my knuckle... Is there anything worse than a cardboard paper cut?!
Here are the polishes I used:
OPI - Black Onyx
OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls (I should have used a more nudey shade but I couldn't think of one light enough for what I wanted so I grabbed this go-to shade.) 
Urban Decay - Mrs. Mia Wallace
China Glaze - Mingle With Kringle

If nothing else, I am super pumped that I did these nails because I had totally forgotten about the CG polish and now I am excited to use it in more nail art!

Now take a walk down memory lane and check out my previous day 30 designs:

Monday, September 29, 2014

31DC2014: Day 29

Today's theme is Inspired by the Supernatural, AKA (for me) it is inspired by the wonderful and amazing and beautiful Supernatural TV show. I've done SPN nails 2/3 years so far in the challenge and today will make it 3/4, and these are definitely the best so far.

The new season starts next week and I am already giddy with anticipation. I decided to go for a design that is definitely appropriate for what's to come in the next season.


Dean Winchester, a man marked by both heaven and hell. 


If you're not a Supernatural fan, you may not recognize the symbols. The hand print is the mark left by Castiel on Dean's chest, and the other symbol is the Mark of Cain. I wanted to make it look like they were drawn in blood, and I think I did a really good job! I'm especially impressed with the hand.
I accented the symbols with some blood smears, you know, for effect. Ha!
I decided not to add topcoat because I liked the texture of the brush strokes and splatters.

The nude base is (surprise) OPI - Did You 'Ear About Van Gogh?
The blood red is Color Club - Killer Curves


OMG I'm totally geeking out over these. Please tell me you are too!!!

Now take a walk down memory lane and check out my previous day 29 designs: